diy // gilded cake toppers

gold animal cake toppers - diy guilded cake toppers | via oneyounglove.comOne of my closest friends just had her first baby and a few weeks ago I had the privilege of helping with her shower. I wanted something very boy but also creative and cute for mama. These gold animal cake toppers were a hit and I had so much fun making them for Linds.

They ended up coming together pretty quickly and they had a huge impact on the table scape. The best part is, you can make them too! Here’s how:gold animal cake toppers - materials | via oneyounglove.com*You’ll want a drill bit that is the same diameter as your skewers1. gold animal cake toppers - plastic animals | via oneyounglove.comTake each plastic animal and drill a small hole on the bottom. Drilling the holes works best if you start slowly. I would also strongly recommend you use a vice rather than your hands to hold the animals.gold animal cake toppers - drill | via oneyounglove.com2. Place the skewers in each hole. If you chose the correct size drill bit you won’t need glue. If your holes ended up slightly larger than the skewers, you can add a dab before you set the skewer.
gold animal cake toppers - skewer | via oneyounglove.com3. Start spraying.

Make sure you get every angle including the skewer. If spray paint in your cake concerns you, leave about two inches of unpainted skewer at the bottom.gold animal cake toppers - a golden zoo | via oneyounglove.com4. Let them dry and have a party!

I love how these turned out. They are great for a birthday party or shower it doesn’t even need to be a party for kids, adults will love them too.gold animal cake toppers - cupcakes | via oneyounglove.comI think they are a fabulous mix of fun, whimsy and sophistication. The perfect special touch for your next party.

Love these little guys but don’t want to make them yourself? I’ll make them for you! Head over to my Etsy shop and order up!

fabric feathers

I had great plans to leave you with a tutorial for the weekend, a little project to add to your Thanksgiving decor, but the shop has been more successful than I expected {thanks to all of you who have entered the giveaway and passed the word along!} So today is a ‘re-stock the shop’ day to make sure there will be plenty of collections to choose from for whoever wins the giveaway!

What I will do is direct you to the tutorial that inspired my fabric feather creations.

So check out the fabric feather tutorial at 100 Layer Cake.

When I made mine I used iron-on fabric fusing instead of a glue stick to bind the two sides together. It’s what I had laying around and it seemed less messy, I would definitely do it this way again. Feathers are everywhere right now and I think these would be the perfect touch to add to your Thanksgiving place cards or to add a special touch to hostess gifts.

Have a great weekend! There are still a few days left to enter the giveaway and there will be more products back up in the shop in a couple of days!

make your own coordinating glass jars

Not too long ago I started saving glass jars. Instead of throwing them away when they are empty I just remove the label, wash them and store them to use for later. I didn’t think I was throwing away so much glass but in just a short time I have a whole hutch full of sparkly glass jars and bottles. I store them with the lids off so they have the chance to air out and so they all match. I keep all of the lids in that pretty box on one of the shelves.Most of the time the lids are plain black, gold or silver which is great for re-using. But every once in a while I end up with lids like this:Yikes! Clearly not great to use around the house. Here’s my solution for cute coordinating jars.

Begin by priming the lids with a spray paint that is formulated to stick to metal or plastic – this is my go-to favorite primer for almost all of my projects. You’ll need your primed lids, a couple of small paint brushes in various size and shapes, painters tape and acrylic paint in any color you want. Take your primed lid and get creative! Paint whatever designs you like! It really is simple.

I like to use the same color and mix patterns to create a coordinating set with a little bit of variety.I love the way they look! I use these to organize all the little things around the house that tend to clutter up drawers or baskets. In my new jars these everyday items are ready to be displayed!

bunting tutorial with a free printable!

Last week was a much needed break from blogging. I am absolutely loving this, but it was nice to let myself off the hook for the week. Especially with a little one who has a double ear infection. But now we’re back and I have some fun stuff coming up! Bunting is very in right now, especially for parties. I made this bunting for the shower (which actually didn’t end up happening, but the day turned out perfectly anyway). I love it. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to add color and a special touch to any party. You could also use it in a child’s bedroom, I’m thinking of doing one in neutrals to add a little something to our home decor around the holidays. Once you’ve made the bunting you can customize it in anyway with words or designs.

Here’s what you need to make your own.

:: twine
:: bunting template
:: three or four coordinating fabrics –
:: scissors or rotary cutter
:: glue gun

One of the most frustrating parts of making bunting is getting the shape of each triangle right. There is a fine line between shark teeth – too skinny – and pizza on a string – too wide. So, to eliminate the guess work, I created a bunting template to help you get the perfect shape every time. Just click on the picture below to download your free bunting template!

Start by cutting out your desired size from your template – size does not take into account seam or ‘fold-over’ allowance. I used the 3″ template for this tutorial. Using the template as a guide cut out all the triangles you plan on using in your bunting. I ended up using a total of 21 triangles for mine, perfect to dress up a dessert table.Once all the triangles cut out, I stack them in the order I plan on attaching them to my twine. Just to eliminate the chance of putting them on in the wrong order. That happens way more than I’d like to remember.Place a triangle wrong side up, lay your twine across the top.  I leave quite a bit of extra twine at both the beginning and the end of my bunting just to make it easy to re-use somewhere else. Run a bead of glue across the twine. Fold the top of  your fabric over so it just covers both the glue and twine.When you flip it over you’ll have little corners sticking out on either side. I trim these corners after I’m done glueing all my triangles. To make the double strand like mine, you’ll either need to make two separate strands of bunting, one being 3 or 4 triangles shorter than the other – or – when you get to the length you want your top strand, leave about 6 or so inches of blank twine and begin your second strand. *If you do it this way make sure to make the second strand of triangles face OPPOSITE your first strand (the points will be facing the same direction but you should see the wrong side of the fabric on the second strand). This way, when you hang them both strands will be right side forward. Sorry if thats confusing, just trust me.You can also use the template as a sewing pattern and use binding to attach your triangles.

I used the same template to wrap this gift to match the shower! I just measured 1″ from the tip of the triangle to make my own mini template! Super easy and so cute!

inexpensive curtain rod solution

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I love curtains and but I hate buying curtain rods! I feel like my choices are so limited, they are always more expensive that I want them to be. (I am totally cheap when it comes to home decor – I’m always thinking, ‘I could probably come up with a way to do it for less’) This brilliant idea was actually my mom’s suggestion – I’m all about giving credit where credit is due! Thanks mom! I already had the curtains and I really wanted to keep this area light, airy and a little whimsical.

Heres how you can get the look.

You’ll need
:: curtains – easiest if they have loops or very large grommets
:: fairly straight branches – one per window plus about 5 or 6 extra inches for hanging
:: gardening lopers (google says that’s what they’re called – you know, the giant cutters?)
:: sand paper
:: saw
:: screwdriver and screws you'll needStart by selecting your branches (you want them to be as straight as possible and to run the length of your window with a little extra on each side) and trim all the tiny twigs so you can slide the curtain on later. Lightly sand the trimmed branch – I liked the look of all the green moss but because these are in our kitchen I didn’t want mossy bits to be falling all over the place. Next, cut a small two small pieces off a branch you’re not using and screw into wall as a mounting mechanism. Loop curtains onto your branch before you hang them.

trim and hangFinally, screw branch into the pieces you just mounted. Step back and enjoy your practically free and very creative new curtains!favorite placeThis is currently my favorite place in the house! So bright and pretty. Every time I look at it I smile. It’s where I usually read and blog and where the little one and I eat breakfast.blueberries and riceDoesn’t her breakfast look delicious this morning? I sacrificed the last of our frozen blueberry stash form the summer for the babe. I thought her diet needed a little color. Lucky little one.first blueberries

the perfect headboard

headboard finishedWe broke the ice this weekend on the master bedroom make over! We reluctantly painted. We have a love hate relationship with painting, we love the results, we hate doing it. After some home paint mixing and a few nail biting, ‘are we going to hate this?’ moments, we ended up with a color we love. Which then inspired Jake to get to work on the headboard. Isn’t it pretty!

It is basically this headboard but since we are in a rental we wanted to make sure it was something that would be easy to move in the future. So Jake assembled it by adding three runners on the back instead of just screwing each board to the wall. It looked like this.

building headboardHe added a dark stain to get a black walnut-like look and these flat head screws for an old industrial feel.screw headCan I brag about my husband for a minute? He is a very talented wood worker and also, very good at putting up with all my requests. This is the second bed he has built us since we’ve been married and he threw this together in an afternoon! I am a one blessed girl!

I made our duvet this week but hated the way it turned out so instead of having a fabulous duvet to show you as well, I’m starting over. Hopefully I’ll be able to share it next week! I am happy with our progress on the make over so far, I’ll share more as we make more changes!

Oh, take a look at the little one’s new trick.sitting upShe is sitting up! No bribery involved!